Easy DIY kids art display, picture frame upcycle

Easy DIY kids art display, picture frame upcycle

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Gorilla Glue Company  for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am all for DIYing my way to a better home, being able to do that with easy projects is even better! I made this easy DIY kids art display, picture frame upcycle in just a few quick steps. There is also a giveaway at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card!!!

DIY kids art display

**This post is sponsored by Gorilla glue, all opinions on product are my own**

My kids art pile can get extreme, I have a system to control this; I keep a few of their masterpieces in a storage container to keep long term and then the rest get displayed around our home in various places. The refrigerator is the biggest place they show off their art work. Nora also has some picture frames I put up in her room that she displays her drawings. My boys were lacking a good way to display artwork in their bedroom. I needed something quick to make, easy to put together and an ease of changing out the artwork so Caleb and Gavin could change it up without needing my help. A tall order that was made possible with an old frame, wood planks, clothes pins and  Gorilla Tough & Clear Mounting Tape

I had this large picture that I got from a thrift store, I did not want to use the picture in it but the frame is gorgeous and solid wood. So I separated it from the picture. 

The next step is using 1/2 inch wood planks to line the interior of the picture frame. I measure out the length of the picture frame, these wood planks are going to sit inside the little portion that is behind the frame front.

Using a miter saw to cut the boards down to the correct length.

After each cut I put the planks into the space to confirm it was the correct size needed.

To give this DIY kids art display a unique look we are going with a shiplap look. I wanted there to be a small space in between the boards so I achieved this by placing a nickel in between the boards to give a small gap.

Once all of the boards were cut I set them in place to double check that all were lined up and fitting just right.

That was literally the most challenging part of the job, everything else is crazy simple from here on out with this project.

I am using this Gorilla Tough & Clear Mounting Tape  to hold the planks into place. I chose this because the small space on the picture frame did not leave me much room for nails or any other way to attach it. This tape sticks to smooth and rough surfaces so it works perfect for the rough wood planks. It also delivers a fast and easy permanent bond, which means this kids art display will withstand years of my kids filling it with their creations without falling apart. I purchased this at a hardware store while I was getting my paint supplies.

I lined the tape into the crevice of the picture frame, creasing the tape to have it fit within the tiny L shape inside the frame. Because this mounting tape is double sided the tape adhered to the frame as well as the planks.

Line up the boards into place.

Push the boards down and the tape took hold right away! This tape can be used outside too and will keep the hold after 30 seconds. It was very pliable, easy to cut to size and I was able to fit it into the tiny space perfectly. Those boards are not moving now!

Once the boards were all attached it was time to spray paint it. This mounting tape can be painted, which I did. There was a few places that the tape was peeking through from the back of the frame, I was able to paint over it with no problem and it blended in perfectly to the wood planks. It is clear tape and will not yellow over time, this makes it perfect for these finishing projects that I want the pretty to last a long time.

I painted this white to keep the look simple, after all my kids artwork is what really needs to shine.

I also used the mounting tape on both bottom corners of this frame to keep it steady on the wall. With this being in my boy’s bedroom it will get bumped, knocked into, balls thrown at it and nudged so much. I wanted to make sure it would not swing around and potentially fall down. The mounting tape can hold up to 15 pounds, but with these wood planks this picture frame is heavier than that so I could not use the mounting tape for that, otherwise I would have done so because of how simple it is to use.

Now, time to get the artwork up! I am using simple clothes pins for this part.

I added some color for a little more creativity to the clothes pins.

Cutting the tape into small pieces.

Then attaching them to the back of the clothes pins.

I peeled off the back and pressed them into the wood planks.

Now Caleb and Gavin can proudly display their artwork in their bedroom!

The best part is that they can hang up their artwork on their own. I try to encourage my kids to take pride in their bedrooms, it is truly their space. So having a simple way for them to change out the art whenever they want to gives them that little extra push to take pride in their work and their bedroom.

We had this table in the center of their bedroom and I just moved it up against the wall for a simple but functional art table area.

I love that the old picture frame was upcycled into a more functional piece. The white paint allowed the smaller details of the frame to show up more. The mounting tape works great to hold all of this together without being seen.

I am in love with this easy DIY kids art display, picture frame upcycle! There has been a few attempts for me to come up with a system to display my kids artwork but this finally feels like the perfect way to show off their creations with the ease of letting them hang it up.

With the  Gorilla Tough & Clear Mounting Tape   being strong enough I can also display my kids medals they earn from sports. I did not consider this bonus when I was creating the display, but them having a place to hang their medals, awards or other special items works out so well!

My tiny budding artists can create and show off their work with ease! Now the most difficult part will be them fighting over a spot on the new art display wall. Maybe I should have made it bigger?

I love how it all came together, making my kids bedrooms have their work as the focal point. I spent one afternoon, a few supplies and this will give my home years of being filled with their art work. Choosing supplies that will be long lasting is important, I do not want to spend all of this time creating something to have it fall apart because of typical wear and tear. With it being hung up in my boys bedroom it also has to withstand the chaos, bumps, and inevitable roughness that happens in a boy bedroom.

Also, since I like to share more than ideas when I can Gorilla Glue is hosting a giveaway for a chance to win a $250 gift card! Gorilla Glue $250 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway

The simplicity of the planks and white paint allows the true stars of the show to shine… my kids artwork of course. I like that this easy DIY kids art display, picture frame upcycle was done in just a few simple steps, will be long lasting, and it is easy for my kids to change out the artwork. Days are hectic and finding time to DIY things can be difficult, so making it count with project that matter and are easy to do is always the way to go! Life is complicated enough, DIY and decorating should not add to the chaos. Choosing the right tools and supplies to make the job quick and easy is how I get things done.


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  1. I LOVE the way this came out! It’s so cute, and it’s the perfect way to display the kids’ artwork. Great job!

  2. This is so cute!! And what a fun idea for displaying art work. Bookmarking!!

  3. What a great idea. I love this for hanging art. I need to make one for my nieces and all there pictures they make me. I am also shocked Gorilla tape was that string. Thanks for letting me know it’s as good as they claim.

  4. Reesa Lewandowski says:

    Oh wow! This came out so beautiful! I would love one!

  5. I LOVE this idea! I’m always looking for a cute way to display my kids art work and this looks perfect! I need to try this!

  6. This is a great idea. I have always wanted something to display my kids artwork in a nice way.

  7. This is a super cute picture frame for kids. If my kids were younger AND I had a play room, I would totally hang this in the play room! How fun!

  8. Great giveaway! I am always needing Gorilla Glue in my life!
    What a great upcycled project too! You made it look so fun and easy!
    I even have an extra picture frame I can use!

  9. This is such a great idea. I am always looking for ways to upcycle things. I have two or three frames that would work perfect for this. I will have to pick one out and give it a try.

  10. I love this idea! I can finally get all the kids pictures off the cluttered fridge.

  11. Oh I love this! We use a close line system on the kids’ wall in their “little man cave” but I love this more because its framed and better organized. What a great idea! It turned out so well.

  12. Gorgeous! I love this idea. I never know what to do with all the kids’ art and this would be perfect.

  13. I am definitely going to try to make this. My kids always have things they want me to hang up. This looks awesome. I like the ease of the gorilla mounting tape.

  14. I used to run a day care out of my house. I did kind of the same thing and ran a string along a wall to hang their art up. Yours is so much nicer though!

  15. This is such a fun and simple design. The kids would love to help me!

  16. Wow, I am impressed. This is an actually valid DIY project!

  17. That’s an amazing way to repurpose unwanted items. I love gorilla products, the glue is so strong!

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